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June 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â A fire alarm sounded at Simonson Estates in Columbia City last night.
No one was injured, and the Columbia City Fire Department found no fire upon arrival at the scene.
Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the crystal on one of the sprinklers at the complex was broken.
LaRue reported his department was able to control the water flow of the sprinkler.
Nicholas Hartman, 7, throws a ring at a group of bottles in an Old Settlers Days game in downtown Columbia City this week.
Old Settlers Days continues until Saturday evening with activities for all ages.
See Page A9 of the June 27 issue of The Post and Mail for a schedule of events.
COLUMBIA CITY â Leadership Whitley County (LWC) recently received a state award for its creativity in combining youth and adults in community involvement.
âI didnât feel right accepting this award on my own,â said Kelley Sheiss, program director for LWC. âThis was really earned by those who had the vision to incorporate the youth into what we were doing.â
Given by the Indiana Leadership Association, LWC received the Innovation Award for 2013.
As a community outreach organization, LWC works to instruct adults in areas of communication, teamwork and civic duty.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Approximately 35 new jobs could be coming to South Whitley.
At Tuesdayâs Town Council meeting, Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president, asked town leaders for the OK to proceed with a grant application that would allow for a new business to move into South Whitley.
âWe are still a long way off from knowing for sure if this is going to go through,â Tio said. âBut this gets the ball rolling for us.â
COLUMBIA CITY â âMommy, are you going to die?â
Carrie Barcusâ youngest daughter, Tabitha, asked the question after Barcus announced she had breast cancer.
Her battle against cancer prompted Barcus to launch an initiative that would later become law.
âI wanted to reach out to Indiana Senators and lawmakers to educate women about this side of breast cancer,â Barcus said. âThere are so many women who just donât know.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Sheriffâs Department recently told the Whitley County Council it might return to its old radio system.
Currently on the 800 mHz system (digital), Sheriff Mark Hodges said busy signals and other difficulties might prompt his department to return to the VHF (analog) radio system.
Meanwhile, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the city has not had problems with busy signals, and it is because of what he called a wise investment.
Fifth and sixth graders in Whitley County 4-H went on a one-day trip Friday. They were awarded this trip through an application process and based on their 4-H achievement.
The group went to Fort Wayne and had a tour of Parkview Field including the Tincapsâ dugout and visitorsâ locker room. They then went to the Botanical Gardens and saw the butterfly display. Lunch was had at Coney Island. The day ended with a tour of DeBrandâs Chocolate factory which included sampling the chocolate treats.
COLUMBIA CITY â CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) Head Start is looking to fill open spots in its nonprofit, social service agency.
Head Start is a free, comprehensive preschool program for low-income, three-to five year old children and works to provide quality education in order to prepare children for kindergarten.
Michelle Woodard is a family advocate for CANI and a mom who recognizes the importance of early learning.
âThe preschool will have several openings in the fall, and perhaps even in spring, which we would like to fill,â Woodard said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Sheriff Merit Board received an update on personnel and investments at a meeting last week.
Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton, who ran the meeting in absence of Sheriff Mark Hodges, informed the board of the latest news regarding Deputy Chuck Vogely, former detective.
Gatton said Vogely accepted his discipline for a drunk-driving incident in April and was suspended.
He will return to duty July 22. Board members heard updates on interviews as well.
Members of the merit board will interview four candidates for two openings within the department.
Cassie Freewalt (left) and Chasey Weimer take a ride on The Scrambler at Tuesdayâs opening night of Old Settlers Days in downtown Columbia City.
See a complete list of events on Page A3 of the June 26 issue of The Post and Mail.